“I came here to play basketball”, Asael said only one hour after his arrival in Hamburg. The now twenty-five year old has a very moving life story, and now wants to focus on wheelchair basketball and compete with the best players in the RBBL. After all, Asael still has big goals in life.
His fans always get to see a passionate and sometimes unbridled Asael on the court. Asael’s moving life story was on of the reasons for our film project and he is a main character of our movie “Fourteen and a half collisions”.
Asael had a traumatic experience in his childhood that cost him much more than his right leg. In the movie "Fourteen-and-a-half collisions" we follow Asael's traces in Israel and tell the story of his first season as a wheelchair basketball professional in Germany.
It's "double or nothing" for Asael, Karlis and the BG Baskets. After some ups and downs during the season the team can now wrap up the playoffs with a winner in the last game of the regular season. But unfortunately its cup winner and champion of last year RSV Lahn-Dill they have to play against.
The Baskets couldn't be without the Front Office of the HSV. Logiscitcs, marketing, but also barbecue and other services - the team behind takes care of it. Team manager David Schulze is in charge of everything. He does his job with passion, but he has still one wish for the sport...
How fit is the team? Every year the BG Baskets have to do a medical check-up. Doc Sascha Kluge and his team of the BG Klinikum in Hamburg test the general shape of the players and do a performance diagnostics.
Under the basket it really gets down to business. Asael Shabo lands rudely on the aluminum tube of the opponent's wheelchair. Fortunately, nothing bad happened - except for a cracked rib.
It's a tense mood in the team after the first defeat. Everybody knew, that the season wouln't be easy going at all times. The home game against the Rhine River Rhinos from Wiesbaden is a major challange for the Baskets so far. Captain Kai and his team have to deal the first crisis. Unfortunately play maker Ali is injured and his appearence on the court is incertain.
Not only the opponents on the court challange the BG Baskets. Also living next-door to one another is a major part, which demands well cooperation. The team has to grow together for success.
The BG Baskets go on their longest trip directely for the season opener. The whole team travels to Munich by train. From the station the team goes straight into the gym to meet their opponent - the 'Iguanas'. Captain Kai Möller motivates his team and knows, 'now it's hot!' A victory could be celebrated at the world famous Oktoberfest.
Six new signings gain the BG Baskets in this season. A lot to do for head coach Holger Glinicki in the short pre-season. How will he manage to bind the six men and two women together as a team? The athletes arrive in Hamburg one after another and move into the Baskets' flat. Each of them got his or her unique story. Young talent Asael is from Israel. Hamburg is his first stop abroad. The new beginning is on.